By Dan Ambrose: In a major surprise,” unbeaten IBF World featherweight champion Josh Warrington (28-0, 6 KOs) used his superior engine to wear down and defeat former two division world champion Carl ‘The Jackal’ Frampton (26-2, 15 KOs) in beating him by way of a 12 round unanimous decision to hand him his second career defeat on Saturday night at the Manchester Arena at Manchester, England.
The scores were 116-113, 116-112, and 116-112. Boxing News 24 had Warrington winning by way of a 116-112.
Warrington composed for his absence of hitting power along with his elevated volume punch attack, and constant forward pressure on Frampton, who fought just like an older man tonight at 31. Frampton looked listless right away, and you must wonder whether he was perhaps weight emptied. He did not seem to be the same fighter who had defeated Nonito Donaire along with Luke Jackson in his last 2 fights.
The non-stop punching from Warrington was like seeing classic stuff from former world champion Aaron Pryor. Warrington was assaulting Frampton having a 2-fisted mode that kept him under fire the entire fight. Frampton maintained their or her own during portions of their initial six weeks, however, it was clear that he was completely worn out by the 6th round. That’s Warrington’s pressure began show it’s effects on Frampton. He was usable to stay with younger 27-year-old British fighter, and the struggle turned into a rout with that time.
Late at the struggle, Frampton attempted to rally in fighting hard, but it wasn’t any use. Warrington put his foot down on the accelerator in rounds 10, 11 and 12, and cruised to a 12 round decision victory.
This was a big surprise tonight that Warrington surely could achieve so to a very good fighter such as Frampton, as most boxing fans expected the struggle to be ruled by the Irish fighter. Warrington’s reputation before tonight was a light puncher, who throws a lot of shots, however who’s pretty easy to hit and beatable contrary to a gift such as Frampton. What Warrington showed is that he’s a whole good deal better fighter in relation to the boxing universe had thought he was. His constant strike output made him a true nightmare for Frampton tonight. There are particular kinds of fighters that might do well against Warrington’s mode of fighting, but Frampton clearly wasn’t even certainly one of them.
For all intents and purposes, it is Warrington’s coming out party tonight. He showed the world how good he could be. Now it’ll be interesting to see if Warrington’s promoter would like to put him with a number of the other top featherweights such as Oscar Valdez, Leo Santa Cruz and Gary Russell Jr.. Those boxers are all regarded as better than Frampton. The next step for Warrington will be to show they is able to hang with those kinds of featherweights.